A beautiful lost slice of British jazz, recorded during the crucial period before some of the scene's players went too far off the deep end! John Surman partners here with composer/leader John Warren, for a large group recording that sounds similar to some of the best early Mike Westbrook ... read moreCD
Hiroshi Suzuki —
Cat ... CD Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
A great bit of electric jazz from the Japanese scene of the 70s – an album that easily rivals the best CTI work in the US at the time! Trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki heads up a quintet here – one that's heavy on electric piano and keyboards, played in a stretched-out sort of groove that ... read moreCD
Groovy electric work – in a style that's both funky and swinging, with many different strands and styles running through at once! Isao Suzuki plays electric piano, Hammond organ, vibes, and cello – a great mix of instruments that come off surprisingly well in his hands – ... read moreCD
A real standout in the mid 70s Japanese jazz scene – one of a few excellent albums by Isao Suzuki, a jazz cello player who could work well in a variety of settings! This album's got Isao grooving with some slight electric touches – working with Japanese players that include Kazumi ... read moreCD
Bassist Harvie Swartz is the leader here, but the set draws plenty of power from the star talents on board in the combo – David Sanborn on alto, Bob Mintzer on soprano, and Mike Stern on guitar! The set's got a surprisingly acoustic vibe overall – as Swartz plays acoustic bass, and Ben ... read moreCD
A really great groove from guitarist Gabor Szabo – a set that has the musician working with legendary producer Wayne Henderson, in a mode that moves into soul while still keeping all the best jazz elements intact! Szabo plays acoustic guitar alongside electric from Marlon McClain, with both ... read moreCD
Gabor Szabo —
Gypsy '66 ... CD Impulse (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Gabor Szabo's best records – a hip small combo session, featuring backup by Gary McFarland, Sadao Watanabe, Richard Davis, and Willie Rodriguez – an odd kind of lineup, but one that goes well with the offbeat grooves of the set! The overall sound has lots of touches of the ... read moreCD
Wonderful 70s work from Gabor Szabo – a record that has him picking up a bit more of a soulful undercurrent, while still keeping all his great guitar work nicely upfront! The album has Gabor recording at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios – with help from Philly soul arrangers Richie ... read moreCD
A wonderful French performance by the Japanese duo of saxophonist Mototeru Takagi and pianist Takashi Kako – recording here with the great Kent Carter on bass and cello, as well as Ron Pittner on drums and percussion! Both Takagi and Kako sound a bit different than usual – maybe warmed ... read moreCD
Twin pianos come together wonderfully here in a tribute to the late Eric Dolphy – as Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase play together on the instrument, and lead a larger ensemble that includes Karl Berger on vibes, Axel Dorner on trumpet, Nils Wogram on trombone, Tobias Delius on ... read moreCD
A great one from tenorist Tom Tallistch – a player we love more and more with each new record! Tom's not just a hell of a player, but a great writer too – and his compositions here are filled with a sense of life and soul that's much deeper than you might expect from the album's cover ... read moreCD
A second unearthed gem from pianist Horace Tapscott at the Lighthouse club in 1979 – very sharp stuff featuring a solid group of Nimbus players! Volume 2 was recorded on October 11, appropriately the night after the set featured on Lighthouse 79 Vol 1, with Tapscott leading the way, and ... read moreCD
(Comes in a slim cardboard sleeve.)
Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Call ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... read moreCD
Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Flight 17 ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
One of the best Horace Tapscott albums on Nimbus – and one that features him playing with the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra, who give the session a much fuller feel than some of Horace's other sparer sets. The group's made up of some strong hip players from the LA underground – and in a ... read moreCD
Incredibly strong work from the Tarbaby trio – a group that features Orrin Evans on piano, but which gets really equal strength from the bass of Eric Revis and drums of Nasheet Waits! In fact, those two latter players often take center stage instead of the piano – each with ... read moreCD
Tenorist Gregory Tardy comes on here with a surprising degree of complexity – a range of expressions on his instrument that run from straightforward, to sharply angular, to dark-toned and sonorous – all in the space of a single session! The sense of individual spirit is stronger than ... read moreCD
Pianist Billy Taylor, working here in a really unique setting – a broadcast performance that has guitarist Wes Montgomery joining the trio for the whole session – plus vocals from Joe Williams on the second half! The core groove is great enough – given that Ben Tucker is on bass ... read moreCD
Sounds beyond compare – one of those really special 70s sessions from the Japanese Three Blind Mice label – put together in a way that almost seems to be a genre unto itself! The group here have a keen understanding of advances in free jazz and fusion, but work with a deeper spiritual ... read moreCD
The "Tee" here is Takashi Fujii – who doesn't play on the record, but instead arranged with the group – and produced the record with the really deep, complex sound we've come to love on 70s releases from the Three Blind Mice label! The group has a relatively spiritual ... read moreCD
Richly layered sounds from this wonderfully sensitive group – an ensemble from 70s Japan who really seem to find the best sort of way to allow each individual a special role in the music, while still also moving forward strongly as a group! As with other albums by the combo, the ... read moreCD
Jacky Terrasson's really been changing up his groove in recent years – with a fresh style that really brings a lot more to his music than ever before! This album's a co-release between Impulse and Blue Note – and it's got all the classic vibe of the former, while also showing some of ... read moreCD
Electric harp?!?! Don't ask us – we like it! Jonny Teupen was one of the strangest and most wonderful artists to record for the MPS label during their glory days – and his big instrument was a jazz harp, which he often electrified to great result! Sure, Dorothy Ashby had been making ... read moreCD
A solo set by Jacques Thollot – but one with a wide range of sounds and styles, as he's overdubbed on piano, percussion, drums, organ, and countless electronic effects! These effects are what really make the album great – as it feels like outtakes from some obscure early 70s Gil Melle ... read moreCD
Wonderful recent work from reedman Luther Thomas – material recorded over the course of a decade spent in Denmark, where Thomas was finding a whole new sense of energy in his music! We know Thomas best as a key member of the St Louis avant scene at the start of the 70s – where he also ... read moreCD
A great recasting of the older four brothers jazz modes – that four horn chorus and solo format first created by Woody Herman with Stan Getz – given a much more modern twist here by a top-shelf lineup of players! The group has the American genius Lucky Thompson on soprano and tenor ... read moreCD
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written ... read moreCD
Three (Joe Sample, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne) —
Three ... CD East Wind (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Quite possibly one of the most successful Japanese piano trio recordings of the 70s – a super-session performed by a group that includes Joe Sample on acoustic piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums! Given that Sample's best known during the era for his electric keys with the ... read moreCD
Maybe the most evocative title of all the Three Sounds albums of the 60s – and one that really gets at the dark beauty of the entire record! By the time of this release (the group's 7th for Blue Note), Gene Harris and the trio had really come into their own – and were moving past ... read moreCD
One of our favorite Cal Tjader albums ever – and one of the first to have his vibes working alongside Fender Rhodes! The record's a surprising little set from the start of the 70s – one that almost has Cal picking up some of the New York sounds of a few years before, then mixing them ... read moreCD
The intimate nature of the title is very apt on this one – as the album features spare duets between drummer Masahiko Togashi and other Japanese musicians – including the great Sadao Watanabe on flute, and either Masahiko Satoh and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano! The sound is open, and ... read moreCD
A mid 70s live recording by Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi – performed with help from a larger group that includes Sadao Watanabe on reeds, Masahiko Satoh on percussion, Shigeo Suzuki on reeds, and extra added percussion. Tracks are long and exploratory – usually beginning ... read moreCD
One of a pair of great late 70s European dates from Japanese percussion master Masahiko Togashi – and a set that features some especially striking trombone from the legendary Albert Mangelsdorff! Given Albert's previous experiments in free, open-ended groups – his talents here are ... read moreCD
Two players with a very spacious sense of sound – coming together here in an all-guitar album that mixes both electric and acoustic tones! The pairing is perfectly captured by the ECM production style – an approach that lets each note ring out with a great sense of presence, and blend ... read moreCD
Two long, beautiful improvisations from a trio led by percussionist Yoshisaburo "Sabu" Toyozumi – and balanced wonderfully with reeds from Mototeru Takagi and bass from Takashi Tokuhiro! The music is very careful and quiet at the start, as each player finds these small, almost ... read moreCD
Trio 3 (Lake/Workman/Cyrille) & Vijay Iyer —
Wiring ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ...
Pianist Vijay Iyer with a tremendous trio of talents – the Trio 3 group of Oliver Lake on alto, Reggie Workman on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums – all avant jazz heavyweights who really help Iyer hit some new territory! Vijay's been making spectacular sounds under his own direction ... read moreCD
The reeds of Veronique Magdelenat are at the center of this trio set – not only some relatively free alto sax, but also very unique sounds from a curved soprano sax as well! The rest of the group features Bernard Santacruz on bass and Christian Rollet on drums and percussion – and the ... read moreCD
Rare material from the great Lennie Tristano – a host of tracks that sit perfectly with his two landmark albums for Atlantic Records – and which maybe even push the envelope a bit more as well! The material is all from the 50s and early 60s – and is pulled together here in an ... read moreCD
Majestic music from tenorist Mark Turner – a set that has him soaring gently with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, a partner who really seems to make the record sparkle! The group's a quartet, with no piano – just Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums – and the tenor and trumpet ... read moreCD
A great straight set from this top-shelf trombonist – done at the same relaxed, stretched-out level of some of the other excellent albums on the Smoke Sessions label – no tricks, no gimmicks, just a great demonstration of Steve Turre's strengths as a leader, and his always-sharp ability ... read moreCD
Stanley Turrentine —
Let It Go ... CD Impulse (Japan), 1966. New Copy ...
A rare non-Blue Note 60s date as a leader from Stanley Turrentine – recorded for Impluse when his (then) wife Shirley Scott was contracted to the label – and featuring the talents of both players on some very groovy tracks! The quartet features both Stan's tenor and Shirley's Hammond ... read moreCD
A very early date as a leader by McCoy Tyner – cut at a time when he was making big waves in the John Coltrane Quartet, but also sounding plenty darn great on his own! The group here's a trio – with Coltrane associates Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and the warm ... read moreCD
McCoy Tyner's definitely "reaching forth" here – stretching past obvious piano trio modes, thanks to hip help from Henry Grimes on bass and Roy Haynes on drums! The groove is very open and freewheeling – yet all without being avant or outside – those hip modal-inspired ... read moreCD
An incredibly groovy session of Beatles tunes – one played by Dutch pianist Louis Van Dyke on a church organ, with no other instrumentation for accompaniment! Louis wisely chooses tracks from the later years of the Fab Four's career – some of the more introspective ones that have ... read moreCD
Louis Van Dyke —
Pavane ... CD Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
One of the mellowest pianists in the world – heard here on an album that may well be his best! Louis Van Dyke has a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a way of advancing notes on the piano with a subtle sound that's clearly part of the Bill Evans generation, but which ... read moreCD
Great jazz guitar work from George Van Eps – a player who could nicely sit on the fence between two different generations – bringing in some modern elements, while also retaining a bit of the rhythmic pulse of older swing! The sessions have a nicely intimate feel, and the CD features a ... read moreCD
Heavy Latin grooves from pianist Elio Villafranca – working here with a great large lineup that's filled to the brim with heavyweight players! The session's the kind that you'll find at the best Club Coca Cola presentations – one of those rare moments where big money allows a special ... read moreCD
A great showcase for the mighty talents of alto saxophonist Will Vinson – who blows these beautiful long solos here in a sharp live setting! The album's got a great sense of personality – individual musicians who each have a strong voice of their own, coming together under Vinson's ... read moreCD
One of the great ones from bassist Miroslav Vitous – a musician you might know from more atmospheric moments, but artist who could really be funky when he wanted! The album's got this righteous groove that really matches the energy of Miroslav's Magical Shepherd album from the same time ... read moreCD
Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio —
Features ... CD Intakt (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ...
Fifteen short "features" from this legendary trio – a lineup that includes Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano, Evan Parker on tenor, and Paul Lovens on drums! The group performs with the angular sensibility that makes Schlippenbach's name well placed as their leader – and ... read moreCD
Tremendous early recordings from pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach – recorded during the 1972 FMP workshop, with a sublime trio that includes Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, and Paul Lovens on drums! The material here is sublime – and although so many other musicians have been ... read moreCD
Intricacies ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 2015. New Copy 2 CDs ...
The title's a good one – given the complex layers of sound and interaction going on here – as this avant quintet find a way to come together in these varied and compelling ways over the course of the long improvisations in the set! Pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach may well be the ... read moreCD
VSOP (Herbie Hancock, et al) —
Five Stars ... CD Sony/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy ...
One of the rarest albums ever by this legendary jazz supergroup – a Japanese-only set that we'd rank right up there with some of Herbie Hancock's Japanese albums from the same time! The group features Herbie on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, ... read moreCD
A defnite tempest from the start to the finish – and a brilliant live demonstration of the mighty powers of the VSOP group! The ensemble features soaring acoustic sounds from the quintet lineup of Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, ... read moreCD
A wonderful bit of spiritual jazz from this richly collective ensemble! The album's got a groove that's as promising as its title – and features a large assemblage of percussionists, singers, and instrumentalists – all coming together in longer tracks penned by Wainwright, with a feel ... read moreCD
The title's no mistake, as the album was really one of Mal Waldron's first really outside sessions – a real embrace of the free jazz modes coming out of the European scene of the 60s, but in a way that's slightly different than most! As Waldron states in the liner notes, his vision here is ... read moreCD
Incredible early work from Mal Waldron – a trio session, but one with a lot of dark edges! The group features Addison Farmer on bass and Al Heath on drums – and the tracks are played with lots of shades of blue – and a nicely restrained modern edge that still has plenty of the ... read moreCD
David T Walker —
Y-Ence ... CD Warner (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
Laidback 80s work from guitarist David T Walker – a set that's a bit more moody than some of Walker's smoother albums from the 70s – and which is produced with an unusually sensitive touch! Many numbers begin with long, introspective passages from David on the guitar – slowly ... read moreCD
One of the most dynamic albums ever recorded by Bennie Wallace – a set that really pushes the boundaries of the tenorist's talents, by adding in the piano of Yosuke Yamashita! Yamashita brings these great angular tones to the record – echoing the Monkish modes promised by the title, ... read moreCD
Jack Walrath just keeps on growing and growing as a musician – a hell of a trumpeter for the past few decades, but also a great writer too – with a fresh approach to a tune that really keeps things interesting! This set may well be one of Walrath's best in years – a soulful ... read moreCD
A wonderful album from the great Cedar Walton trio that featured Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – a really beautiful group of musicians who completely transformed the sound of the piano trio in the 70s! The group played together often in the 70s, and they've never sounded ... read moreCD
The second trip into the studio for Cedar Walton's mighty Eastern Rebellion ensemble – and every bit as great as the first! This time around, the lineup's a bit different – with Bob Berg in on tenor, and Curtis Fuller expanding the group on trombone – but the groove is still the ... read moreCD
The first in a trio of excellent (and numbered!) trio sides that Cedar Walton cut for Red Records in the 80s – and a great start to the whole series! The album's got an open, fluid feel that almost seems ready-made for the CD generation – Walton stretching out in those longer takes ... read moreCD
An easygoing, long-flowing record from Cedar Walton – one that has the pianist in very relaxed space, playing with a style that's very open, contemplative, and beautiful! There's a bit more sensitivity here than the usual Walton trio date – and despite the cover's emphasis on the other ... read moreCD
We've always loved the way that Cedar Walton kept maturing in his style over the years – and this 80s album is a wonderful example of the way he really took off during his third decade in jazz! At one level, the tunes are very simple and basic – familiar trio settings, with David ... read moreCD
Tim Warfield —
Spherical ... CD Criss Cross (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ...
A tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk, but one that's got plenty of Tim Warfield's own spirit as well! Orrin Evans handles the piano here, and while he's certainly equipped to bring out the angularity of Monk's music, he's got his own way of approaching the tunes that are nicely fresh – ... read moreCD
Sweet Motown grooving from Grover Washington – a set that has him working with slightly larger backings than his Kudu years, but in a way that still lets his soulful horn stand strongly out front! As always, Washington is a killer talent on the soprano sax – able to inflect the ... read moreCD
Grover Washington Jr —
Soul Box ... CD Kudu/Verve, 1973. New Copy ...
One of the richest albums from the Kudu years of Grover Washington – a double-length set that shows the full range of his soul and imagination! The album was done in collaboration with Bob James – who arranged and conducted all tracks, and also plays keyboards on the date – and ... read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe —
Outra Vez ... CD Victor/Red River, 2013. New Copy ...
One of our favorite sides of music from Sadao Watanabe – his ongoing love of Brazilian jazz and the bossa nova format – served up here in a sweet small group set that's got all the sparkle and charm of his vintage bossa albums of the 60s! Watanabe's alto has this wonderfully feeling ... read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe —
Pamoja ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
Later than Sadao Watanabe's classic period, but a great album with some really wonderful moments! The set was recorded live in Tokyo in 1975, and it features Watanabe working with a group that includes Isao Suzuki on bass, Yshiaki Masuo on guitar, and Takehiro Honda on piano. The four tracks are ... read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe —
Pastoral ... CD Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A record as evocative as its title – part of a great flowering of talent from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe at the end of the 60s! Sadao started his career out as a hell of a bopper, then moved into some sweet Brazilian modes in the 60s – but by the time of this record, he was really ... read moreCD
Sadao Watanabe —
Recital ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
A great live set from Sadao Watanabe – one that shows the wealth of influences he'd been drawing on, from post-Coltrane spirituality, to African-oriented rhythms, to a slight bit of funk! The group's great – with Watanabe on flute, alto, and soprano sax, Takehiro Honda on Fender Rhodes ... read moreCD
A pivotal record in the career of this brilliant Japanese saxophonist – a set recorded in New York with a trio players from the American scene – done in a style that's even more freewheeling than most of Sadao Watanabe's previous work! Watanabe had always worked with unusual tones and ... read moreCD
A really beautiful chapter in the career of reedman Sadao Watanabe – a batch of mostly original compositions, as you might guess from the title – and a double-length record that really showed an evolution of his talents! The sound is often highly lyrical – with Watanabe blowing ... read moreCD
A rare postwar jazz treasure from Japan – one of those great 50s albums that bring together some of the rising talents on the Tokyo scene – almost as proof that, musically at least, Japan was really getting back on its feet! The range of talents here is great – and there's almost ... read moreCD
A reall cooker from trombonist Bill Watrous – one of his best recordings for the Famous Door label, and a sweet set that stands strongly nice to his 70s classics for Columbia Records! The album's got some great help in the Fender Rhodes of Jim Cox and vibes of Dave Levine – both ... read moreCD
A tremendous little record from Bobby Watson – one of the brightest young artists in jazz back in the 80s! The album features Watson grooving with the Italian Open Form Trio for the session – but all players come together with the cohesiveness of some of Watson's best work with Curtis ... read moreCD
A classic Bobby Watson set from the early solo years of his career – just the sort of standout set that shows why he was one of the brightest new jazz voices of the 80s! The album's got a sound that's even more open-ended and exploratory than some of Watson's US releases – cuts that ... read moreCD
A sweet little record that draws plenty from a double-headed power team – Ernie Watts on reeds, and the mighty Wayne Henderson on production! The album may well be one of the best that Watts ever cut – a set that's not nearly as polished or commercial as his later 80s efforts – ... read moreCD
These guys definitely aren't lying with the name of their group – as the music is certainly free, and very expressive – in a blend of guitar from Pascal Brechet, bass from Colin McKellar, and drums and percussion from Thierry Waziniak! All three musicians play other instruments as well ... read moreCD
Early work from Weather Report – recorded here in a small club in Ohio, with a sound that's even more intense than their early 70s studio albums! There's some surprisingly noisy currents at times – almost the vibe that some of the group members might have picked up from working with ... read moreCD
Sweet funky flute from Art Webb – an overlooked 70s jazz player who's probably best known for his Latin fusion work, but who really shines here in a more soul-based setting! This set shows Art working strongly in a mode that references that part of his career, yet also has him stepping into ... read moreCD
A tasty batch of uptempo instrumentals by Art Webb – a lesser-known funky flute player, but one who played on a huge amount of Latin sessions during the 70s (check your session notes, and you'll see his name a surprising amount of times!) This fairly obscure session as a leader was produced ... read moreCD
A great late recording from Ben Webster – working here in Paris with some wonderful help from the trio of pianist George Arvanitas! George's rhythm duo is wonderful – the bold bass of Jacky Samson and hip drums of Charles Saudrais – both players who bring a really fresh feel to ... read moreCD
A very obscure player from the Romanian scene of the 70s – an acoustic pianist, but one who plays with the flow of a electric keyboardist – really opening up on the longer tracks on this rare album, with an especially great sense of his overall sound! Most numbers have just a core trio ... read moreCD
Bold, soulful sounds from tenorist Walt Weiskopf – a player who not only really knows his place as a soloist, but who also comes across as a great leader on a date like this! The whole group's got a focus that comes through right away – Walt's bold horn in the lead, but fused with ... read moreCD
David Weiss is one of the hippest leaders around these days – a great player and a hell of a writer, but most importantly an artist who really knows how to choose the right musicians for his group! Weiss has often evoked the best modern moments of the 60s with previous projects – and ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Randy Weston – and a unique electric session from the 70s! The feel is very different here than the angular modernism of Randy's roots – a warmer, more flowing sound – as you'd expect from the CTI label, and from Randy's use of electric piano as well as ... read moreCD
An album that sits strongly in the long legacy of great recordings Kenny Wheeler has done for ECM – a set of quintet recordings that feature the leader's sublime flugelhorn lines in the company of a very well-matched group! The tunes are airy and open, but never too loose or meandering ... read moreCD
There's a very cool trio in the wheelhouse for this sweet little set – a combo that features alto and baritone sax from Dave Rempis, bass from Nate McBride, and vibes from the always-incredible Jason Adasiewicz! The players come together with a sound that's completely sublime – almost ... read moreCD
At this point, space seemed to be a logical direction for Lenny White to go – since his high-powered fusion drumming style is enough to power him right out of the galaxy! This album's a hard heavy batch of funky fusion tunes – with lots of hard drums by Lenny, and spacey spacey ... read moreCD
As the title says, Lenny White's streamlined his sound here – but to us that's a good thing, as it eliminates some of the overly-heavy jam sound that could ruin earlier records – making for a lean, clean groove that's mighty nice, and plenty darn soulful! Plus, Lenny's working here ... read moreCD
One of the killer albums that Michael White cut for Impulse Records in the early 70 – a sweet set of spiritual jazz that took his instrument to a whole new level! Normally, the violin isn't an instrument we love in jazz, but White really transforms it here – playing it with a stretched- ... read moreCD
A great little set – never issued before, but recorded at the same time as Wilen's classic 1959 album Barney, caught live at the Club St-Germain with a group that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Paul Rovere on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Like the Barney album, ... read moreCD
One of the all-time great tenor/organ sessions on Blue Note – totally fierce, with a sound that's a lot rawer than most other work on the label! The incredible Baby Face Willette grooves it hard and heavy on Hammond – working in a quartet that includes Fred Jackson on tenor, Grant ... read moreCD
Pat Wilson definitely shines here – stepping off a great 70s run of work for film and TV soundtracks – then using a similar style here in the studio! The album's a jazz set, but tracks are relatively short – and focus more on ensemble passages at points, but still allow for key ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from pianist Spike Wilner – an artist we already respect for his tireless work running the Live At Smalls series – and one that we've grown to love even more for the fresh new sound of this wonderful record! Spike's always had a way of linking styles and generations with ... read moreCD
A real treasure through and through – one of the most unusual Blue Note albums you'll ever hear, and a set that's one of the best-remembered from the team of pianist Jack Wilson and vibist Roy Ayers! Long before Roy struck out on his own in the world of funky soul, he worked often in the 60s ... read moreCD
An overlooked gem from pianist Jack Wilson – a set that really showcases his magnificent sense of sound and space – while mixing in some larger ideas as well! The record features full arrangements from Billy Byers – who creates this seductive blend of jazz and strings that still ... read moreCD
Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that's right up there with Lou Donaldson's work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open – often with that kicking drum sound at the bottom that ... read moreCD
Hammond hero Reuben Wilson's on Broadway – and he hits a massively soulful groove that's light years from the cliched sounds of the great white way! The set's one of the tightest cookers from Wilson's early years on Blue Note – and has a vibe that's a bit different than the rest, ... read moreCD